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Cabinetmakers Rely on CNC to Make Excellent Work Efficiently

Shown here: Phillip Fletcher of Durham Bookcases. He has relied on a ShopBot 96 x 48 PRSalpha tool for over a dozen years, making furniture parts and cabinet parts for his custom business. Read the story here.


Making Cabinet Components on a CNC Router: Common Industry Practice

With CNC, cabinetmakers can increase production throughput while minimizing material handling. For example, a ShopBot CNC router can drill shelf pin holes, cut rabbets and dados and profile-cut the completed panel. The operator only needs to handle the full sheet once to load the machine, and then remove the perfectly cut parts when complete. When the parts are removed from the machine they are ready for assembly.

Thanks to the affordability of ShopBot’s professional CNC tools, the technology of manufacturing cabinet boxes, doors, drawer fronts, shelves, and even countertops is now well within the reach of smaller shops, not just larger facilities.

Add Special Features to Your Cabinets

Small and medium shops alike can take full advantage of the CNC process, not only to compete with larger automated shops, but to create value-added parts that distinguish them from competitors. A 3D relief cut on the same CNC can be used as an appliqué or accent to an otherwise ordinary panel without the time investment of hand-carving. Door and drawer fronts can be contoured in nearly any shape, allowing you to transform an ordinary door into an extraordinary design that gets your work noticed. With a talented designer on your team, the possibilities for custom or one-off designs are endless!

CNC Can Be Useful
In All Parts of your Business

Cabinetmaker Don Thompson was recently interviewed in Cabinetmaker FDM: “Getting started in CNC was a ‘strictly business’ decision”, he said. He uses the machine a lot for cabinetry, but he also makes custom cedar signs, sign foam signs, cribbage boards, specialty products for retailers, and even does custom CNC cutting for other businesses.

“It was a business decision, not a technical or woodworking decision,” he explained. “I had to find ways to get more efficient. Doing it the old-fashioned way on the table saw was just too inefficient.” He cites the example of a recent job in which he did a large house with 80 cabinets that required cutting more than 100 sheets of plywood. He says the CNC machine pays for itself on jobs like that. “It’s like having another employee,” he said. “And it doesn’t complain or show up late for work.”

Article Credit: William Sampson, will.sampson@ccimedia.net FDM+C, December 2014


Recommended Tool Packages

  • The PRSAlpha 96 x 48 is an affordable, high quality CNC router perfect for cutting full size sheets of plywood, as well as foam, plastics, and other large materials.
  • With cutting speed up to 600 inches/minute, plus its accuracy and repeatability, the ShopBot PRSalpha can quickly pay for itself due to time and labor savings.
  • We also custom build tools in sizes such as 96” x 60”, 120” x 60”, and 144” x 60" button: Learn about this tool

PRSAlpha 96”x 48” with Spindle, Air Drill and Vacuum Hold-Down System

PRSAlpha 96-48-6 (#10159)
4"x8" cutting area with 6" of vertical travel
$17,845
HSD Spindle 4hp (#12572) $3,039
Air Drill Head $1,750
Vacuum Hold-Down System (#14740) $7,500
CabinetPartsPro Software (#11145) $250
Crating Fee - Domestic (#16601) $275
Liftgate Service (#14745) $127
TOTAL $30,786
(price does not include shipping)

ShopBot PRSAlpha 96" X 48" with Spindle, Automatic Tool Changer (ATC) and Vacuum Hold-Down System

PRSAlpha 96-48-6 (#10159)
4"x8" cutting area with 6" of vertical travel
$17,845
Automatic Tool Changer (#12XXX)
including HSD 5 HP choose 1ph or 3ph
$14,995
Vacuum Hold-Down System (#14740) $7,500
CabinetPartsPro Software (#11145) $250
Crating Fee - Domestic (#16601) $275
Liftgate Service (#16597) $127
TOTAL $40,992
(price does not include shipping)
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A Few of the Cabinetmakers using ShopBots

Beacon Custom Woodwork, David Buchsbaum - Atlanta, GA
www.beaconcustomwoodwork.com, Custom Cabinets
Hardwood Designs, Jan Bouterse - Hillsborough, NC
www.hardwooddesigns.com, Custom Cabinetry & Interiors
Hunn Cabinet Company, Ronald Hunn - Morganton, WV
www.hunncabinetco.com, Custom Cabinets
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